Testimonials LLM (International Human Rights and Public Policy)
Aengus Carroll, LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy)
Breaking from working life as an editor and author in the realm of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) human rights advocacy to do the fulltime one-year LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy was an amazing and life-changing experience. Literally. The course irreversibly affected and enriched my own thinking and analysis about the area I work in and care about. Having the degree has opened some doors that I never imagined possible for me. I currently consult with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme around some groundbreaking initiatives in this area with global impact. I also work with leading international NGOs in SOGI, and with major funders (private and State). Learning from the highly skilled, rigorous and energetic faculty staff members gave me a basis that I continually rely on.
SarahJane Corbett, LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy)
During my undergraduate studies at UCC, I developed a notable interest in human rights law. Upon completion of my degree, I was keen to advance my understanding of the practical and theoretical underpinnings of human rights and chose to pursue a LLM in International Human Rights Law & Public Policy. I thoroughly enjoyed the programme, particularly the unique international human rights clinic module during which there were several guest seminars and workshops with key actors in the human rights field. A further strength of the programme is the freedom it gives to students to tailor the course to their own interests. Importantly, the lecturers and programme director were always available to provide guidance and support. I am currently working as a legal assistant at FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) headquarters. I have no doubt that the practical knowledge, experience and insight gained during my master studies gives me the distinctive edge required in today’s ever competitive job market. I would highly recommend the programme and am very proud and fortunate to be part of the LLM in International Human Rights Law & Public Policy alumni.
Nick Sore BSc, LLM (Intl Human Rights Law and Public Policy)
I am currently working as the Child Protection Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Cairo Regional Office, Egypt. I am working in this role on a six month contract as a member of the Irish Aid Rapid Response Initiative. The LLM in Human Rights Law and Public Policy I completed at UCC certainly provided me with much of the legal and human rights background I need to fulfil my current role.
Yvonne O’Sullivan, LLM (International Human Rights Law & Public Policy)
"The LLM in Human Rights Law and Public Policy provided me with a strong practical understanding of human rights instruments and how civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and governments implement these instruments. The LLM allows you to choose your particular focus with a wide range of optional modules to suit your particular interests. I felt the use of guest speakers was important for students to get a real sense of how the law is applied in areas such as international criminal law, immigration and refugee law and human rights law, to mention just a few. Before applying for this LLM I had been volunteering and interning in NGO’s mainly working on refugees and asylum issues, I also have an academic background in international peace studies. I believed the LLM in Human Rights Law would provide me with a greater edge for employment in the NGO sector."
Kirsten Turney, LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) 2012-2013
"After finishing my undergraduate degree in the United States, I knew that I wanted to study law, but felt that the traditional JD law path was not for me. I was thrilled when I found the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy at UCC. Not only did I get to learn more about the European system, but I also had a great international experience while living abroad in Ireland. The programme has a great variety of courses to choose from to suit different interests and all teaching staff was extremely supportive of students coming from different backgrounds. My time as a student culminated in practical experience as a legal intern at Nasc: the Irish Immigrant Support Centre where I got to put all that I had learned through the year to work."
Jessie Chappell, LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy)
After a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law I became a licensed attorney in the United States. I decided to pursue an LLM abroad, to broaden my perspective, and consistently heard positive remarks about students and faculty at UCC. Within a week of arrival, I had met friendly students and approachable lecturers willing to help me use this opportunity to its best advantage. The LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy modules include practical insights from accomplished lecturers, and the Clinic brings in practitioners to address current issues in human rights. I am very happy with my decision to attend UCC, and am enjoying my time in Cork!